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Overcoming A Culture Of Technology

  1. 1. SUE CASTRIOTTA ASSISTANT DEAN SCIENCES AND SOCIAL SCIENCES JENNIFER DARROW ACADEMIC TECHNOLOGY KEENE STATE COLLEGE Overcoming a Culture of Technology Resistance One Institution’s First Steps
  2. 2. Keene State College Profile <ul><li>4-year public liberal arts college </li></ul><ul><li>5,100 students </li></ul><ul><li>181 tenure-track faculty </li></ul><ul><li>224 adjunct faculty </li></ul>
  3. 3. Pervasive Culture of Resistance <ul><li>Dearth of academic leadership </li></ul><ul><ul><li>No permanent VPAA/Provost for almost 3 years </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Further heightened sense of academic freedom and resistance to change </li></ul></ul><ul><li>State motto </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Live Free of Die” </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Wakeup Calls <ul><li>National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) visit – Fall 2007 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Another area of need is to be more consistent about the use of technology in teaching across programs” </li></ul></ul><ul><li>New England Association Schools and Colleges (NEASC) visit – Fall 2010 </li></ul>
  5. 5. Overcoming a Culture of Technology Resistance <ul><li>“ While it's hard for me to believe sometimes, I know there are universities that are very resistant to the use of technology and online learning.” </li></ul><ul><li>- comment from SITE reviewer </li></ul>
  6. 6. Where We Are <ul><li>Saturation of course management system adoption at 60% </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Has been available for use for almost 10 years </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Small pockets of interest and little incentive for infusing technology into curriculum </li></ul>
  7. 7. Example of Challenge <ul><li>E-portfolio committee formed May 2007 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Comprised of faculty and staff self-identified as “early adopters” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Charge is to identify multiple uses of e-portfolios (student learning, assessment, c0-curricular, etc.) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Pilot with Education 100 Spring 2008 </li></ul><ul><li>Committee members’ focus is solely on product selection and as a result are unable to move forward with charge </li></ul>
  8. 8. 1 st Steps Towards Change <ul><li>Review of existing Academic Affairs’ organizational structure </li></ul><ul><li>Creation of institution’s first Academic Technology Plan </li></ul><ul><li>Creation of a “center” that provides resources, support, and professional development opportunities for faculty, staff, and students </li></ul>
  9. 9. Organizational Structure <ul><li>September 2007 – changes made </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Instructional Technology unit move from Information Technology to Academic Affairs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Emphasis on learning and teaching and alignment of technology with academic affairs initiatives </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Acquired 20% of the services of the College’s webmaster who has extensive experience in e-learning </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Academic Technology Plan <ul><li>Fall 2007 – committee formed to develop an initial draft </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Goal: To provide a vision for the learning environment that we desire for our students, faculty and staff in alignment with our campus mission: http://atvision.pbwiki.com </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Emphasis on infusion of technology into learning and teaching </li></ul>
  11. 11. Creation of CELT <ul><li>Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Mission: The Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching will provide resources and experience to support deeper learning, effective teaching, and community and professional engagement at Keene State College. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Initial conversations between interested parties began in Fall 2006 </li></ul><ul><li>Formal initiative drafted January 2008 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Submitted for FY09 funding consideration in February 2008 </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Links <ul><li>Keene State College – www.keene.edu </li></ul><ul><li>Academic Technology Plan draft - http://atvision.pbwiki.com </li></ul><ul><li>Sue Castriotta – [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Jennifer Darrow – [email_address] </li></ul>

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